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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time: 3:52 PM

I was talking this morning with someone who will remain nameless (you know who you are and I KNOW you're reading this now) who told me that he/she is having problems viewing videos on the site.

In fact he/she can't seem to get any of the videos to work.

This made me realize that I haven't done my friendly reminder to everyone to make sure you update your flash software. In order to see video content correctly on this (or any) site, you need to make sure your computer is running the latest version of Adobe Flash.

Click here to go to Adobe's homepage, click on the "Get Adobe Flash Player" button to update your system and everything should be fine.

HatCityBLOG "semi" EXCLUSIVE: Common Council Ad-hoc Committee, 2010 CT Film Festival

Time: 3:42 PM

From Sept 15, here's video footage of the Common Council ad-hoc committee meeting regarding future funding of the CT Film Festival.

NOTE 1: I missed the first five minutes of the meeting where it was discussed that the person who was to provide the council with the figures from the '09 festival was unable to attend the meeting. For that reason, this committee will meet again when the individual is available to present the numbers.

NOTE 2: This is a "semi" exclusive because John Neumeiller "from Danbury Live" was on-hand to videotape the meeting also...I just beat him to the punch in showing the meeting to the public :-)

NOTE 3: I'm designing a special section of HatCityBLOG that will be dedicated to everything surrounding the CT Film Festival. This includes video footage of EVERY meeting that centered on the funding of the film festival as well as the release of my footage of this year's festival (including the complete audio of the New Media Frontiers panel which I and Fairfield County Weekly reporter Dave Bonan participated on.

Okay, enough typing...here's the video.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 09.16.09 broadcast

Friday, September 18, 2009
Time: 1:34 PM

GUEST: Janet L. Vantassel, ESQ, CT-Legal Rights Project

HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Common Council Ad hoc committee: 5 Lakeside Road

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Time: 2:44 PM

From September 15th, here's video footage of the Common Council ad-hoc committee meeting regarding a water meter dispute on 5 Lakeside road...which was held at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Goncalves accepts mayoral debate dates

Time: 2:18 PM

One of the largest complaints among residents in Danbury when it comes to mayoral elections is the lack of seeing candidates debate the issues.

Unlike the case in congressional races or state races, where you're likely to see candidates do a series of debates, when it comes to municipal races, besides the one debate held by the Danbury chamber of commerce, the community gets the short end of the stick.

...which is why this announcement from Democratic mayoral candidate Gary Goncalves is refreshing.
Democratic Mayoral candidate, Gary M. Goncalves, announced today that he has accepted offered dates extended by the League of Women Voters for a Danbury Mayoral Debate.

“I have accepted the debate dates of October 20th and October 22nd and expect the incumbent to do the same,” Goncalves said. He added, “Danbury voters deserve to hear from the candidates regarding the issues that affect our daily lives and those of our children. I challenge Mr. Boughton to agree to more debates so the important matters of our city can be thoroughly discussed and, as a result, our positions better known. Danbury and her citizens truly deserve nothing less”.

Mr. Goncalves already has agreed to participate in a Mayoral Forum to be hosted by the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce on October 14th.

“Debates assist voters in making well informed decisions come Election Day (November 3rd). These are decisions that determine the leadership that will govern our city and its future for at least the next two years,” Goncalves concluded.

Mayoral debates serve the public as it gives an opportunity for the public to compare and contrast to two candidates. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen if Boughton accepts the offer from the League of Women Voters...given his track record with debates in the past, lets just say that the chances in residents seeing the two candidates debate the issues in public (as opposed to a chamber of commerce luncheon) isn't all that great.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup (The 287g/ICE ACCESS edition)

Time: 12:57 PM

GUEST: Jean Hislop, Danbury Alliance

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Watch 09.14.09 broadcast

Time: 10:37 AM

HatCityBLOG (the TV show) premieres TONIGHT!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time: 2:36 PM


The LONG awaited HatCityBLOG (the TV show) launches TONIGHT!

If you like the blog, you're going to LOVE the TV show (trust me).

UPDATE: Here's the first episode. Some of the questions I asked are a bit dated seeing that I conducted the interviews in late August and I pushed back the premiere of the show by three weeks...

Eileen Coladarci: Democratic candidate for City Clerk
Gary Goncalves: Democratic mayoral candidate
Dan Malloy: Mayor, City of Stamford


A look back at the Bethel Republican primary

Time: 2:04 PM


(from top left to bottom: Poll monitors print out the voting numbers, Republican Town Committee members crunch the numbers, First Selectman Bob Burke waits for the results, Larry Craybas is graduated for his victory, the final results.

As you know, yesterday I made the long and difficult trek from Danbury to Bethel to cover that town's Republican primary. As you know, by the end of the night, Republicans in Bethel made Larry Craybas and Paul Szatowski their choice for the top of the ticket over current First Selectman Robert Burke and Bill Slifkin.

From yesterday, here's how the official vote count unfolded.

After the total vote count was announced, I turned my attention from reporting on the results to conducting interviews...

First. I talked to First Selectman Robert Burke and Bill Slifkin about their plans for the general election. I also gave primary winners Larry Craybas and Paul Szatowski a chance to give their thoughts regarding their victory.

Since Bethel is facing a three-way race, I questioned Republican Town Committee chairman Paul Improta about the danger of having a split vote among members of his party in the general election.

At the end of the night, I worked out arrangements with the Democrats and was able to interview Democratic First Selectman candidate Matt Knickerbocker and get his thoughts on the upcoming general election.

At the end of the day, although the Republicans in Bethel had their say, we now have a situation where three candidates will make their plea to the general public. If the events leading up to the primary are any indication of things to come, lets just say that the campaign season in Bethel should be interesting (to say the least).



PRINT: News-Times primary article:

LIVE BLOG: Bethel Republican primary

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Time: 6:51 PM


THIS IS A LIVE BLOG: This post will be updated throughout the night.

Today, registered Republicans in Bethel are going to the polls and casting their ballots for their choice for First Selectman and Selectman.

Now, to say the primary campaign between the team of First Selectman Robert Burke and Selectman challenger Bill Slifkin versus Republican Town Committee endorsed First Selectman candidate Larry Craybas and Selectman Paul Szatkowski has been rough is an understatement.

Between the anonymous postings on the News-Times site, accusations between the two camps, and dueling appearances on local access television, Bethel Republicans are taking the term "eating their own" to new levels.

Add on the recent legal troubles for the First Selectman and you have in place one the most interesting election in Bethel in recent memory.

Will Burke or Craybas win the primary? We'll soon find out in a couple of hours. I'll be on hand in Bethel and will bring the results as soon as they're available.

10:00: Sorry for the delay. Just finished interviewing Matt Knickerbocker. I'll be posting my images from the primary in a few minutes.

8:45 based on unofficial numbers Craybas' team has beaten Burke's camp. Waiting on the official numbers.

8:30 results are coming in now.

7:30 PM: As we wait for the results, I'll post my observations on what I saw at the various polling places. Till then, here's video footage of the last television appearances of Burke and Craybas.


Time: 10:40 AM

This weekend I learned that a person I considered a friend passed away.

Adrian Rodas (a.k.a Troop) was loved by SO many people in Danbury. He was a kind hearted person who got along with just about everybody in the city.

Everyone knew Troop...which is why his unexpected passing is so hard on everyone. I usually don't write personal stuff on this site but I'm still in a state of shock over the whole thing, and seeing that Troop had SO many friends, I'm sure several readers of this blog knew him and are feeling the same way.

The News-Times did a write-up on Troop which you can read by clicking here.

RIP my man, you will be missed.

UPDATE: The Rodas family have set up a website in honor of Adrian.

Are you kidding me?

Monday, September 14, 2009
Time: 11:20 PM

The timing of this ad-hoc committee has to be a joke right?
Ad-Hoc Meeting - 5 Lakeside Road
Start Time 2:30 PM
Third Floor Caucus Room
Extra Details for entire event


Who: Common Council Ad Hoc Committee

Purpose: 5 Lakeside Road

When: 2:30 PM, Tuesday - September 15, 2009

Where: Caucus Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue

Committee Members:
Fred Visconti, Chair
Mary Teicholz
Gregg Seabury
Corporation Counsel
Mayors Office
Public Utilities
Tax Collector

Oh, I gotta make this meeting...

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

02.18.22 NEWSTIMES:
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU
Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER:
"Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"

On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

trans_button Santos Family Story
VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe



11.15.23 Recanvass return
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro